Healing a Woman's Soul is dedicated to helping women and children who are domestic violence victims heal physically, emotionally, and spiritually in the Christian tradition.  We provide spiritual support to all, regardless of belief, assisting them to move from victim to survivor. 

We are a non profit organization (501 (c) (3)) and a State Employees Federated Agency (SEFA) eligible organization.

At its annual dinner, Healing a Woman's Soul (HAWS) honored Gretchen Coyner of Slingerlands as the third winner of the Paula award.  This award, named in honor of Paula Schultheiss, a former HAWS volunteer,  is given to a volunteer who like Paula herself provides hours of volunteer service to victims of domestic violence.   

Gretchen serves as HAWS chairperson/secretary, heads the HAWS booth at the annual SEFA (State Employees Federal Appeal)  and Martin Luther King Fairs, and weekly directs and serves women and children at the Albany Domestic Violence Equinox Shelter.  Rev. Karen Malcolm, HAWS Board member, presented Gretchen with a bed size quilt and plaque for her continuing support of victims.  

As a non-profit organization, Healing a Woman's soul relies on the support of our community to f
und our work.  With the help of select Hannaford grocery stores, 
you can support our ministry simply by donating your used cans and bottles to the Hannaford Clynk program!  Request the HAWS return sticker and bags at select Hannaford locations.  Then, attach it to your full green Hannaford recycling bag, scan the bar code (wait for the beep!) and drop it in the chute!  Your cashback will be sent immediately to the Healing a Woman's Soul ministry so that we can continue our mission!  We, and the planet, thank you!

Wonderful gifts that St. George's Episcopal Church in Clifton Park collected for HAWS

Fill The Basket

Imagine having no laundry to do... because you have nothing but the clothes on your back.

One of the most necessary items for women arriving in emergency shelters is one of the most basic – underwear.

As you shop, a package of new panties or bras in any size can make a traumatic time less difficult in a most compassionate way. Help us fill the basket?

Contact Patti Gibbons at 518-376-6564 for drop-off or shipping information, or save time and shop directly from our Amazon wish list and they will ship it right to us: http://amzn.to/2hHSj0Q.

Shop at Amazon Smile.  Amazon makes a donation to Healing a Woman's Soul for each sale.  Thank you.

Angel News

Angels is a HAWS program supporting women domestic violence victims primarily in residential shelters or halfway houses. Sometimes the locations of these facilities are confidential as are the identities of the women residents.  HAWS supports those who want to help and the facilities who need aid. We bridge that gap with angels who know facilities' needs and deliver donated goods.

Angel Judy Heffern works at the Christ the King Spiritual Life Center [SLC] in Greenwich and she is a member of the King's Quilters.  At each quarterly meeting they make quilts for the SLC, and bring a gift for people in need. This spring they chose HAWS and asked how they could help women who are victims of domestic violence.  Since many victims of domestic violence leave their homes in emergency situations, many arrive at the shelter needing clothes especially undergarments.Through the generosity of the King's Quilters, HAWS  delivered over 50 new sets of underwear for women victims.  

Angel Sharon Vergura worships at St. Matthew's Church in Loundonville and serves as the parish HAWS volunteer.  The  picture of Sharon Vergure was taken after we had emptied her garage into Mother Anne's car for delivery to a domestic violence shelter. This is not unusual for this Angel to find kitchen equipment, clothes, sheets and towels for the shelter, all of which are always needed.

If you are interested in helping as an Angel or just making a donation, please email Mother Anne Curtin at 518 755 3325.  We love volunteers!!


At its annual dinner, Healing a Woman's Soul (HAWS) honored Pat and Ken Van Allen and owners of O'Kenny's Restaurant of Valatie, NY.  Mother Anne Curtin presented them with a plaque for their annual support of domestic violence victims over the last 12 years.  Each year, O'Kenny's has donated an array of mouth watering appetizers, sausage, meatballs and pies.  She said," O'Kenny's Express has a 'good food fast' slogan but we see them as 'good food". 

Recent Articles or Sites about Domestic Violence

Governor Cuomo signs law designed to aid domestic violence victims. (5/15/2019)

This Is Why It’s So Hard For Women To Get Out For Good. 3/28/2019)

Violence Against Women: A Pandemic No Longer Hidden (1/16/2019)

Domestic Violence Is The Most Common Killer of Women Around The World (11/28/2018)

Working With Men And Boys Could Stop Domestic Violence (3/10/2018)

Shining a Light
on Traumatic Brain Injury and Domestic Violence.  (3/9/2018)

The  Federal Government's 
Silence About Gun Crimes. (12/30/2017)

The Day Domestic Violence Came to a Texas Church. (11/20/2017)

America’s Mass Shooting Problem Is A Domestic Violence Problem. (11/14/2017)

Notice, Stop
Domestic Violence. (11/2/2017)

North Country Community College, Malone NY, to host art exhibit as part of domestic violence awareness event (10/24/2017)

Saying No to Domestic Violence In
Glens Falls. (10/13/2017)

Greenwich, CT domestic violence: What the cops see.(10/12/2017)

October 2017 Domestic Violence services in Northern NY. (10/2/2017)

Domestic Abuse Survivor Gives Young Victims The Support She Wishes She Had (9/18/2017)

Vera House in Syracuse renews campaign to end domestic violence. (3/4/2017)

Humera Khan
will receive the Four Chaplains Award from the Jewish War Veterans for her work with battered women and also with refugees and interfaith activities. (2/25/2017)

NFL still doesn't understand domestic violence - Jennifer Gish. (10/27/2016)

Slowly, Sports Bring Needed Change to Society, article by Jennifer Gish, Albany, NY Times Union. (8/4/2016)

When DV victims face eviction for calling the cops. (7/14/2016)


Start a Conversation

1 in 4 American women are victims of domestic violence over their lifetime. Help us publicize this crime: 

Wear a "Who is your 1 in 4?" button or car magnet. 
Buttons are free and magnets are $5. They can be ordered from HAWS by email at hawsalbany@gmail.com or snail mail to HAWS, 68 S. Swan St. , Albany, NY 12210.  

Ask on social media - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. if your friends know what "Who is your 1 in 4 ?" means. Tell them about this crime. 

Make a donation in honor of someone in your life who experiences violence or is a survivor 

Learn more about HAWS at www.hawsalbany.com 

Volunteer for HAWS events. We can use every talent and everyone. Challenge us to use your talent. 

by Cecilia Thomas

Lost in your world,
Your thoughts are becoming my thoughts,
Where you went I went in my mind.
I did what you wanted me to do,
In your way.
Who am I?
Am I you?
Your angry voice in my head,
Seeing or hearing you,
I would dread.
Who am I?
Am I you?
Where am I?
I'm lost in you,
Your world of insanity.
What happened to MY dreams?
Were they just a lie?
Did they die?
Is my future you?
I'm losing me!
What do I do?

Are you in immediate danger? 
call 911 or 24 Hour crisis and support line
(800) 799-SAFE (7233) 
TTY (800) 787-3224

Contact Info:

Maggie Hasslacher
Executive Director
Healing A Woman's Soul
68 South Swan Street
Albany, NY 12210

phone - 518-417-2273
email - hawsalbany@gmail.com

Healing a Woman's Soul does not           share email information.

Calendar of Upcoming Events


August 25, 1 PM - Mother Anne at Christ Episcopal Church Community Meal, Schenectady, NY

September 6-7, 2019 - Tools for Recovery Retreat, Dominican Retreat Center, Niskayuna, NY

October 19, 6-8:30 PM - Healing a Woman's Soul 11th Annual  Fund Raising Event - "Anything Chocolate" St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Albany, NY

New Awareness Magnet

HAWS has two visual signs to raise a
wareness of domestic violence -  our free "1 in 4 Button" and now our car magnet,  Please help support our ministry by purchasing a car magnet and prominently displaying it on your vehicle.  The magnet is only $5.00. 

It may make the difference for someone seeking out refuge and saving her from a potentially life threatening situation.

Free "1 in 4 Button"

Call 518 755 3325 or email hawsalbany@gmail.com for $5.00 magnet or the free buttons.  A donation for postage is appreciated.

More News

Retreat Thank You

The Healing a Woman's Soul retreat was wonderful.  Lots of questions, participation, laughter and prayer.  All were touched with the gift bags and the prayer shawls.

Just a Holy Spirit time!  Save the date for next year: September 6-7, 2019.

HAWS thanks to all who knitted and crocheted prayer shawls, those who planned and packed gift bags and our team of Rev, Karen Malcolm, Rev. Leslie Groneman, Rev. Karen Clancy; Rev. Anne Curtin, Rev. Sally Heiligman, Gretchen Coyner and Patti Gibbons.  And the Dominican Hosting Team of Ceil, chef extraordinaire; Sister Chris and Barbara, coordinators who made us more than welcome.

From Maggie Hasslacher : Shout out to HAWS and Healing a Woman’s Soul (& The Reverend Anne Fahy Curtin). The Committee on Christian Formation and Discipleship at Episcopal General Convention passed resolution D031 and has placed it on the consent calendar with an amendment that includes references to some national and international organizations where people who are looking for help in dealing with and preventing domestic abuse in all its forms can go to find resources. (7/7/2018)

June 2 Workshop - HAWS thanks St. Stephen's Church and the Episcopal Women's Ministry there for hosting a fabulous workshop, brunch and lunch.  We had a marvelous group of women.  Together Rev. Karen Clancy helped us talk about recognizing and halting domestic violence as well as God's healing power to bring action from trauma.  
If you missed us, we will be there next year.  Please plan on coming to this free workshop and bring your friends.  To sign up for next year's workshop, please email hawsretreats@gmail.com to get a notice of the 2019 workshop date.

Healing a Woman's Soul,Inc. (HAWS), which helps women and children who are victims of domestic violence, congratulates Gretchen Coyner, on being elected chairperson of HAWS.  She has been a Board member since almost the beginning of HAWS eight years ago. She has been an active Board Member involved in our fundraisers, retreats and outreach events such as the annual SEFA and Martin Luther King Fairs. She is a retired guidance counselor at Greenville and is a Board member of the Greenville Educational Foundation. She lives in Slingerlands NY. with her husband Bob. They have two adult children and three wonderful grandchildren.


HAWS also welcomes to the HAWS Board, Penny Belton from Bolton Landing and Norman Schultheiss from Ballston Spa.  Penny is a Program Assistant at North Country Ministries in Warrensburg.  Norm is retired and very active in veterans affairs, especially the Patriot Guard Riders of New York and the Leatherstocking Honor Flight.  

For more information about HAWS, see hawsalbany.org,hawsalbany@gmail.com

HAWS is travelling again.  We enjoyed our welcome and the engaging questions at Mother Anne's presentation on domestic violence.  Our thanks to everybody at St. James, Au Sable Forks, especially Deacon Patti Johnson.

She is not only a Holy Hiker sharing the beauty of the Adirondacks with people of all ages and abilities, and she's also a HAWS Angel. She keeps the parish up to date on domestic violence issues and the HAWS news. Learn more about how clergy or lay can be an Angel. 

Board members Denise, Gretchen and Paula at the Dr. Martin Luther King volunteer fair in January.

October, 22, 2015 - Unity House, Troy, NY honors domestic violence advocates including HAWS and Mother Anne.

Mother Anne receiving the coordinated community award at Unity House, Troy, NY

February 28, 2015 - HAWS was at the Episcopal Diocese of Albany Parish Leadership conference providing information and buttons.

January, 2015 - 2014 Annual Report now available. Click on tab above.

January, 2015 - Mother Sally Heligman, pastor, Grace Episcopal Church, Mohawk, NY is beginning outreach in Schenectady NY YWCA..

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